May-long weekend is the unofficial start to summer for a lot of folks, and that is certainly true over at Splash Dash River Tours, which is now in full-swing!
So, we spent our beautiful holiday on Monday taking a ride on the rivers.
After grabbing our tickets at the booth - tours run every 15 minutes, so we didn’t have to wait long before we were on the water with the wind in our hair!
Tip: Bring a sweater or light jacket with you! The breeze off the water as the boat moves from stop to stop can be a little chilly.
The first stop on our 30-minute tour was the Donald Street Bridge, followed by a longer stay at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Our guide filled us in on the history of the building, the Golden Boy and a bit about Louis Riel, whose statue is easily visible from the water.
And while that was certainly interesting, the gaggle of little fuzzy yellow goslings floating by seemed to capture everyone’s attention. That’s definitely a bonus to riding the river this time of year!
After the legislative building, the boat does a 180-turn to head back the way we came, stopping by The Forks Market before turning onto the mighty Red River, where our guide pointed out the numerous bridges and other sites on both banks (such as the CMHR and St. Boniface Cathedral) as he provided a bit of info about each one.
Tip: The Splash Dash guides are very knowledgable and offer great narration as you travel on the boat. Make sure you have a little extra cash on hand if you want to leave a tip for your guide!
Before we knew it, we had docked back where we started in The Forks Historic Port. While it may seem like the tour is designed for visitors, it’s also great for any Winnipeggers who want to get reacquainted with their city! We learned a bunch of new facts about the history of Winnipeg and left with a new appreciation of our amazing (and important!) waterways.
This year, tours run daily until Oct.15; tickets are $11.50 for adults and $9.50 for youth and seniors. For more info, you can visit splashdash.ca.